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The Gobiid Fish Palatogobius paradoxus in the Northern Gulf of Mexico


Fourteen specimens of the little known gobiid fish Palatogobius paradoxus, recently collected from the northern Gulf of Mexico, have added significantly to our knowledge of the species. Morphometric and meristic characters of these specimens agree closely with two of the other three known specimens, taken from the Virgin Islands and Venezuela, and are thus considered conspecific. The third previously collected specimen, taken from Panama, shows variation in vomerine teeth and fin ray characters, and thus its specific status is unresolved. Data from these additional specimens indicate less intraspecific variation in some characters than was apparent from the original three specimens.